India ranks 135 among 147 nations on women empowerment as per United Nation’s Human Development Index,
Women in India consistently lag behind the men in terms of access to education, health care, jobs etc. Apart from the economic and social inequality, women in India are victims of heinous crimes such as, dowry deaths, rape, molestation and immoral trafficking. As per the latest statistics;
- The female child sex ratio (0-6 years) is 914 per 1000 males
- Rural female literacy rate only 58% while rural male 78%
- Women employment in urban areas is only 13.9% while in rural areas is 29.9%. With the rise in poverty, many women are forced to work in very low end and low paid jobs.
- Employment of women in organized sector is less than 8%.
- Women especially in the child bearing age often deficient in nutrition due to poverty. As a result the number of maternal deaths in India is one of the highest in the world and 87% of all pregnant women in India are anemic.
Unless drastic measures are taken to improve female literacy, create skills and capability among women for enabling them to stand on their own feet and care for themselves and family, it will be difficult for India to prosper as a nation.
CCW organized a Seminar on Women Empowerment and also celebrated its second Annual day on 22 February, 2014 at KeshavKunj Auditorium.Our special Guest of Honor was Smt. SushmaSwaraj who expressed her views on the topic “Women Empowerment”, and the need to physically, mentally and financial strengthen women to improve their conditions, and the betterment of society. She also launched our website www.chetanadelhi.org.
The other part of the program included “Honoring achievers: Women who have made a significant contribution to the society.” Our first achiever was Smt. PushpaChaudhary, who at the age of 83 solely manages AryaKanyaGurukul, a residential school for girls from impoverished background.Our second achiever was Miss Nehha Bhatnagar, founder of Sarvam Foundation, which promotes Indian art and culture age. Nehha also presented before the audience a Bharatnatyam dance performance.Our final achiever was Dr. Rama Jayasundar who currently works as a professor in All India Institute of Medical Sciences. She gave a presentation on her research work on Gayatri Mantra